Since the murders and subsequent funerals of two members of the New York City Police Department, tensions have risen between the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the mayor’s office and the police commissioner.
NYPD officers turning their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio, booing him at a graduation ceremony and charging that he is complicit in the shooting deaths of two city cops make Gotham look bad. But the animosity has much to do with union contracts and the re-election of the police union president.
With the killing of officers Rafael Ramos, and Wenjian Liu, shot by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, New York City is in crisis.
The nation is in a mobilized, anti-police violence uproar.
“How can anyone in the community have faith in the system now?” asked Vincent Warren, Center for Constitutional Rights executive director.
In the wake of the announcement of no indictment of officer Daniel Pantelao in his chokehold death of Eric Garner, the city, already tense after the same kind of decision from a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., is bracing for more protests.
It was déjà vu all over again for Omowale Clay, the bullhorn in his hand as he marched behind Assemblyman-elect Charles Barron, who was at the front of demonstrators last Saturday evening in East New York, all of them outraged at the police for the shooting death of Akai Gurley.
Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton said officers will no longer arrest and charge New Yorkers for low-level marijuana possession, but will instead issue a summons for violation
Banks had wanted to retire from the NYPD for some time, so initial news of his promotion surprised many. This week, though, he said, “It’s the best decision for the Police Department for me to retire.”
Police Chief Philip Banks III just got a promotion. You can now call him First Deputy Commissioner Banks.